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Doctoral Academy Programme


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The Doctoral Academy Programme is designed to offer you opportunities to develop the skills you need to complete your research degree on time and to enhance your employability. It incorporates generic personal and professional skills and discipline specific skills, and is organised by the Doctoral Academy.

The programme is informed by the Researcher Development Framework (RDF), which was developed by Vitae, in consultation with HEIs across the UK and the public and private sector, and describes the knowledge, behaviour and attributes of successful researchers. The Doctoral Academy Programme is structured according to the four ‘domains’ or categories laid out in the RDF: Knowledge and intellectual abilities; personal effectiveness; research governance and organisation; and engagement, influence and impact.

All the workshops and events in the programme are open to Cardiff University research students (MPhil, MRes, PhD, MD, MCh, and professional doctorates), although places for any individual offering may be limited.

General information about the structure of the Programme and advice on planning your skills development can be found on pages listed on the left menu. A PDF version of the Doctoral Academy Programme brochure, which includes the descriptions and the schedule, can be found at the bottom of this page.

All workshops must be booked in advance via our web based booking system, which has the most up to date schedule of workshops and events.

View more information on booking procedures, and a guide to using the booking system.

If you have any difficulty using the booking system, please contact us on 029 2068 8482 or email

  Doctoral Academy Programme 2016-2017 (6.3 Mb, 1,409 downloads)

Important legal information

The University is committed to providing a wide range of workshops where possible, but students should be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some workshops have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of training can be delivered; some workshops require students to have a certain level of prior knowledge. Some workshops may be cancelled at short notice due to circumstances beyond our control, but we will make every effort to reschedule within the academic session.



Programme Brochure

Training and Development Programme Brochure

Events and Key Dates 2016-2017